How To Use Oracle Cards: 3 Easy Steps

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Learning how to use oracle cards is so easy! Oracle cards are an excellent tool for gaining new insights into your life. If you don’t know what oracle cards are, think of them as the ‘lite’ version of tarot cards. They require no special skills whatsoever, and thanks to law of attraction, they work every time. Let’s get started!

Choosing Your Oracle Deck

If you’ve already chosen an oracle card deck that you love, you can skip this section; help others by dropping a line in the comments with the name of your favorite deck.

Oracle decks will typically have around 44+ cards, and will come with a guidebook. All you have to do is select a deck with a theme and images that resonate with you. Choosing oracle cards can be overwhelming. So here are my top 3 recommendations: 

One of my absolute favorites, Wisdom of the Oracle offers inspiring messages with over-the-top gorgeous artwork. This deck draws on several divination tools from history, and boils them down into this easy to use deck. Card descriptions are minimal, so if you prefer to use your own intuition for meaning, this deck is perfect for you. Newbies can always reference the guidebook, so no worries. 

Daily Guidance From Your Angels is hands-down the best deck for beginners that I’ve seen. The cards are highly descriptive, specific, and supportive. The author has since retired from New Age, so there’s no telling how long these will be in print. As of September 2020, they are still available on Amazon. If you want this deck, grab one now (click the image above to purchase on Amazon).  

If you love animals, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better deck than Spirit Animal Oracle.

Each member of the animal kingdom offers unique wisdom aligned with its own special magic. Plus the imagery is breathtaking. This deck also comes in a beautiful box with built-in ribbon that makes it super easy to remove the cards (there are 68 cards in this deck, which is unusually generous).

1. Prepare

Once you’ve got your deck in hand, there are just a few things to do before you pull a card, to ensure an accurate reading:

  • Get comfortable and take a few deep breaths to settle yourself
  • Clear the energy of your deck by ‘knocking’ on it with your knuckles, or spritzing a few pumps of Clear The Air smudge spray over your deck. Think of this as erasing the deck’s memory, so you can ask a fresh question (to learn more about smudging, check out How To Smudge With Sage).   

2. Craft Your Question

 The main thing to focus on here is to ask a question that’s specific, clear, and only has one answer. If your question has the word ‘or’ in it, rephrase it as two separate questions, and ask one at a time. 

3. Pull A Card

Once you’ve asked your question, shuffle the deck. Once you intuitively feel like you’ve sufficiently shuffled, you’re ready to pull a card. There are a few ways to go about this, completely based on your personal preference. Here are three options: 

  • fan the deck out on a table, and pull a card that catches your eye
  • take the card from the top of the deck
  • shuffle until a card jumps/sticks out (this is the method I prefer)

Sometimes, when your guides are super eager to communicate, a card will fly out of the deck and land on the floor. Go with it!

deck of shuffled oracle cards

Interpreting Your Results

Keep your heart and mind open to the message your oracle card offers. Read the words on the card, study the illustration, and consult the guidebook.

What situation or relationship comes to mind? Do you sense truth and wisdom in the guidance the card offers? Ponder the message as you go about your day.   

single oracle card

XO,  Andrea

PS – Sometimes you just want someone else to do the work! If you’d like me to pull a card on your behalf, you can order an email reading right here. Hugs!

Andrea Scalisi
Andrea Scalisi

Andrea has been practicing Astrology, Numerology, and Tarot for many years. She is a certified Aromatherapist and Reiki Master in Central NY. Andrea loves helping her readers to bring more spiritual self-care into their lives.

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2 thoughts on “How To Use Oracle Cards: 3 Easy Steps”

  1. My favorite tarot deck is Amy Zerner’s The Enchanted Tarot. My favorite oracle cards are Nicole Piar’s Spirit Cats, Michelle Motuza’s Shamanic Healing, and Colette Baron-Reid’s Postcards from Spirit.


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